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David Brook
RED Cam and external drives
on May 20, 2009 at 11:14:33 am


Our company are taking the Red plunge next month with our latest short and I'm going to be editing with it for the first time. I've spoken to someone about our system spec and was told it was OK (can't remember off the top of my head, but it's a Mac Pro 2008 model with 2x Quad core processors, 8GB RAM etc.).

The question I didn't ask which I need help with so that I know what needs upgrading, is about storage. I was thinking of putting the project on a new external desktop drive, but what kind can I get away with. I'm assuming Firewire 800 isn't fast enough to handle Red, am I right? Is eSATA the way forward, or do I have to go all the way to a RAID drive, which could be beyond our budget?

Also, space-wise has anyone got any advice. I imagine from working with the director before I will end up with up to 7 or 8 hours of footage (hopefully and probably less though). How much space will I need for this? Will 2TB do it?

If anyone could offer some advice as soon as poss it would be much appreciated.


David Brook
Blueprint: Film

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David Battistella
Re: RED Cam and external drives
on May 20, 2009 at 4:02:14 pm

If you are editing the original QT proxie files you can calculate your storage with this tool.

You should consider transcoding the footage.

I would say an E-sata or SAS raid is a must and a worthwhile investment.

If your machine is INTEL mac then you are good to go.



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Noah Kadner
Re: RED Cam and external drives
on May 20, 2009 at 5:07:40 pm

We use one of these on our most recent RED project and it totally rocked our world:


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